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COTABATO CITY May 24, 2023 (SDN) — It’s all systems go for the 2023 Palarong Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao Athletic Association (BARMMAA) sporting competition.
The event to be held at the Cotabato State University (CSU) Open Field will kick off tomorrow, Thursday, at around 2 p.m. as announced, with a Parade of Athletes expected to be colorful and vibrant and full of anxious and excited and hopeful sportsmen and sportswomen. Athletes will assemble at the Cotabato City Plaza where they will start their march.
Athletes’ delegations from the participating 11 schools divisions of the region will then march towards Sinsuat Avenue and wind up at the CSU Open Field.
It is expected that Bangsamoro Education Minister Mohagher M. Iqbal will be at the Parade of Athletes to meet them and inspire them to perform their best of the best in the many athletic events that follow.
BARMMAA Meet 2023 concludes on May 29; five days of intense competition during which the MBHTE leadership hopes each of the athletes will give their best and at the same time show a shining example of sportsmanship.
As well as return to their home school division happy that they have given their best whatever their result came out. And have made many friends and memories they will treasure for the rest of their lives.
The athletes, needless to say, will also serve as ambassadors of their respective school division.
As athletes would say, there’s no substitute for winning. But losing gracefully is an important facet of sportsmanship. To be a good sport, both winners and losers must show politeness and graciousness as well as respect for each other.
To engage in sport is to be fair, respectful, and ethical.
In relation with the Parade of Athletes the Bangsamoro government through the MBHTE sent out advice regarding an expected “moderate to heavy traffic” as the participating delegations make their way to the CSU Open Field.
Meanwhile, MBHTE Director General for Basic Education Abdullah “Junn” P. Salik, Jr. the athletes’ delegations on the eve of the 2023 Palarong BARMMAA. He was accompanied by his bureau directors in the visit to see the athletes’ condition.
The delegations come from Maguindanao 1 & 2; Special Geographic Area (SGA)-North Cotabato; Basilan; Lamitan City; Tawi-Tawi; Lanao del Sur 1 & 2; Marawi City; and Sulu of MBHTEs 11 Schools Divisions.
Hosts of the BARMMAA Meet 2023 are the Schools Division Cotabato City, Cotabato City Local Government Unit (LGU) under the leadership of Mayor Bruce Matabalao, and BARMM.
The Bangsamoro region, established in 2018 by the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) to implement the 2014 Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB), is made up of the provinces of Basilan, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao del Sur, Maguindanao del Norte, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi, the cities of Cotabato, Lamitan, and Marawi, as well as the 63 barangays or villages dubbed Special Geographic Area (SGA) that voted “yes” in a plebiscite in February 2019 to be under the BARMM jurisdiction.
According to the Philippine Atlas BARMM has 4,404,288 people. It has 116 municipalities: Basilan, 11 municipalities; Lanao del Sur, 39; undivided Maguindanao, 36; Sulu, 19; and Tawi-Tawi, 11. Its component cities are Cotabato (the regional center and capital) in Maguindanao; Lamitan in Basilan; and Marawi in Lanao del Sur. — EDD K. USMAN/MBHTE Directorate General for Basic Education (✓)